Air charter company orders 50 all-electric Alice planes

Miami-based charter and cargo flight provider Global Crossing Airlines Group, or GlobalX, has tentatively agreed to purchase 50 all-electric Alice aircraft from Eviation. Eviation announced Thursday that GlobalX has signed a letter of intent to purchase the commuter aircraft, with first deliveries expected in 2027.

Eviation, a Washington state-based electric aircraft developer, is gearing up for the first test flight of its redesigned Alice aircraft. The company said it plans to fly the nine-seat Alice before the end of this summer. Eviation also plans to introduce a freighter version of the Alice aircraft, as well as an executive version that could only seat six passengers. The all-electric Alice produces zero carbon emissions and is quieter and cheaper to operate than traditional light jets, according to Eviation.

GlobalX, which began passenger operations in August 2021, plans to use the Alice aircraft to ferry travelers between Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The charter company currently operates seven Airbus A320 series aircraft in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. “Alice will enable GlobalX to introduce new sustainable flight options for growing markets, including Miami, Orlando and the Bahamas,” Eviation officials said in Thursday’s announcement.

In addition to offering passenger charter flights, GlobalX plans to begin cargo operations in the fourth quarter with 15 leased Airbus A321 freighters. The company said it was evaluating the cargo variant of Eviation’s Alice aircraft to also support its cargo operations.

“We are delighted to enter into this agreement with GlobalX, whose investment in zero-emissions flights demonstrates the airline’s commitment to cleaner skies, lower operating costs and providing the most innovative options for air travel,” said Eviation President Gregory Davis. “Quieter, smoother and with a cabin design that defines the future, the inflight experience aboard Alice will offer GlobalX passengers a new way to fly.”

GlobalX President and CEO Ed Wegel said the charter company plans “to offer the aircraft to our cruise line, our tour operators, our leisure travel suppliers and our customers. commercial airlines in need of short-haul charter flights through Florida”.

“The Alice aircraft will allow us to offer sustainable regional flights to and from key markets and is the first step in our initiative to become a zero-carbon airline by 2050,” Wegel added. . “We are proud to be an Eviation launch customer and to lead the charge in delivering carbon-free air travel to our passengers.”

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